Founded in 1863, David Belais of the Belais Brothers created a new formula for the alternative to platinum. Platinum was a rare and expensive metal before it ultimately became banned from use because of the war effort. The white gold formula, after years of experimentation, was submitted to the patent office in October of 1918.  The new alloy combination became so popular it was called “Belais metal” or 18K Belais. Considered one of the first manufacturers to use the white gold metal formula, Belais created magnificent, detailed rings, brooches and pendants during the Art Deco Era.  Always a unique find, look for the Belais hallmark in the shank of a ring.

 

Here is a perfect example of a stunning diamond Belais antique engagement ring crafted in Belais 18K white gold.  It features a .65ct. Apx. European Cut diamond with fabulous VS2 clarity and G color.  Notice the detailed filigree, engraving and hallmark, 18K Belais, in the shank of the ring.  Really beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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S. KIRK & SON

by on September 7, 2018

S. Kirk & Son, a well-known manufacturer, first started as Silversmiths in 1815 with John Smith. As time passed, the Kirk Company began to manufacture fine jewelry between 1928-1938. Many of the records of this company have been lost from a tremendous fire so the dates are not certain.

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The founders of Spark Creations were Eli and Beny Aviram, brothers who had a passion for creating elegant luxury jewelry items. Spark is known for their unique one-of-a-kind pieces.  Over the last 35 years, they have followed seasonal trends making high-end jewelry with exceptional diamonds and gemstones.

Here is a fabulous example of a ring made by Spark.  Crafted in 18 karat white gold, this Spark sapphire and diamond Estate engagement or fashion ring was created with approximately .96ct. apx. total weight of flawless modified round brilliant natural blue sapphires and approximately .45ct. apx. total weight of round brilliant diamonds with VS2/SI1 clarity and G/H color.  The combination of the bold blue sapphires and bright, white diamonds make this a striking ring that is sure to be noticed. Eye catching!

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TRAUB – ORANGE BLOSSOM

by on July 26, 2018

Traub Manufacturing Company, c.1915, located in Detroit, Michigan became very well-known for their highly sought after engagement ring and wedding band line named Orange Blossom. This exclusive brand became extremely popular because of their unique and feminine designs which were crafted in platinum, 18 karat, and 14 karat gold. The company was sold in 1990 and the United States Orange Blossom molds were sadly destroyed. 

A Canadian licensed manufacturing company, whose name is not readily available, had some of the original duplicate molds for production. In 2003, Martin Ross of Toronto purchased this Canadian Company and had, in the past, manufactured engagement rings from their original molds. The celebrated Orange Blossom engagement rings and wedding bands are highly desirable today because of their distinctive designs which are often hard to find.

This Orange Blossom engagement ring must have been a real crowd pleaser back in the early 1900’s. Die-struck and crafted in 18 karat white gold, this diamond Antique engagement ring features an approximate .35ct. European cut diamond with SI2 clarity and K color. Captivating!

 

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Popular in the 18th century, the bruting of diamonds became available in the industry. As a result, diamond cutters began shaping Old Mine Cut diamonds by following the octahedral shape of the diamond crystal. The cutter then meticulously ground two diamonds together to complete the desired shape.  After the shape was completed, a diamond polisher would polish the facets. Dimensions varied from stone to stone because of the odd shaped diamond rough and since they were completely crafted by hand, each Old Mine Cut has its own persona/personality. They have a square or rectangular shape, more like a cushion cut, whereas the European Cut diamond has a round shape.  The Old Mine Cut Diamond was the predecessor of the European Cut Diamond and the modern Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds of today. The tables on these older cut diamonds are typically smaller with higher crown angles.  Old mine cuts, like the European Cut diamonds, have open facets and a culet that is also faceted.  Looking inside the diamond with a jeweler’s loupe, you will see what looks like a tiny circle in the center of the stone and that is the “open culet”.

 

 

Here is an exceptional example of an Old Mine Cut diamond in an Art Deco mounting. This sparkling diamond weighs approximately .71ct. with VS2 clarity and G color.  Decorating this artistically designed and platinum die-struck mounting are .05ct. total weight of Single Cut diamonds with VS2-SI1 clarity and H color.  Generously pierced, engraved and milgrained, this beautiful Antique Engagement ring is a stunning example of the Roaring 20’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another example of a dazzling European Cut center diamond which weighs approximately 1.16ct. with VS1 clarity and K color.  It is set in an elegant Art Deco hand engraved platinum mounting.  It is embellished with approximately .05ct. total weight of Single Cut diamonds on the sides of the center stone.  These diamonds have VS-SI clarity and H-I color.  This gorgeous diamond Antique engagement ring is a must for those who want a classic and more traditional design.

 

 

 

 

 

J34194 – Example of the Old Mine Cut Diamond

J35378 – Example of the European Cut Diamond

 

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THE PORTRAIT CAMEO

July 24, 2018

Ancient and Renaissance cameos were made with banded hardstone such as onyx, agate or sardonyx. They were also made out of shell, coral, lava or glass. In fact, during the Egyptian era, glass cameos were worn by those who could not afford the hand carved cameos.   Shell cameos were made as early as the […]

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